1-1/2" Gallery Stretcher Bars

A very popular deep bar, designed for economical “Gallery Wrap” (frameless) display of prints on canvas between 6″ and 60″. Note that this stretcher profile uses a unique, UCS-designed single-key-per-corner design. Check out our Gallery Bar instructional video to the right to see how simple it is to assemble and stretch your canvases drum tight! You can also look at our How to Assemble a Gallery Stretcher Frame  page for step-by-step details.

If you are unsure what size stretcher bars to order to fit an existing painting or print on canvas, you can find instructions and guidelines on our How to Stretch Your Own Prints on Canvas or Vacation Art page. This chart also provides helpful information on choosing the right stretcher bars.

WARNING: Some high-tension applications such as sizing of raw linen with RS glue require stronger stretchers to prevent twisting of the stretcher frame. If these are the materials you plan to use, please contact us for assistance. Otherwise, this guide can help determine the best profile and bracing for your needs.



Stock braces are now Universal!

close up of Universal Brace with Gallery bar

Our regular braces are made to fit with our stretcher bars using mortise & tenon joints which must be cut during production and cross-braces must be machined to nest together. For these to fit properly, we need to know the size combinations that will be used and, when purchasing stock-sized bars and bundles, you don't always know when you place your order exactly what combinations you will end up using. To resolve this, our "stock" braces will now use our Universal Bracing system which uses screwed-in brackets to mount to the stretcher bars and allows braces to be used interchangeably with any other size. Take advantage of the cost savings of buying in quantity without sacrificing your creative options!

If you prefer to stay with our regular mortise & tenon braces, simply order as complete stock-sized or custom-sized frames.


3 ways to purchase our Gallery Stretcher Bars:



Available in one-inch increments from 6″ to 18″ and every two inches from 18" to 48″ - save up to 71% off the price of custom-sized Gallery stretcher frames. (Braces are UCS Universal Braces.)


Available in one-inch increments from 6″ to 18″ and every two inches from 18" to 48″ - save 25% off the price of custom-sized Gallery stretcher frames. (Braces are mortise & tenon.)


Available in any size from 6″-60″/15-153cm in both imperial and metric measurements. (Braces are mortise & tenon.)



STRETCHER BAR MATERIAL:  Kiln dried, solid or finger-jointed clear white pine

STOCK BAR SIZES: Available in one-inch increments from 6″ to 18″ and every two inches from 18" to 48″ (6″, 7″, 8″, 9″, 10″, 11″, 12″, 13″, 14″, 15″, 16″, 17″, 18″, 20″, 22″, 24″, 26″, 28″, 30″, 32″, 34″, 36″, 38″, 40″, 42″, 44″, 46″, 48″).

CUSTOM SIZES:  Order from our custom-sized Gallery frames page for any size between 6″ and 60″ (~25cm-153cm) – accurate within 1/16 inch (1mm). For special orders outside of our stock or custom size range, please contact us or fill out our quote form.

BRACES: Braces are 1/2” x 3” clear white pine. Any braces that will cross each other come with a notched dado joint in the centre which allows the two intersecting cross-braces to nest together; a screw is supplied to fasten them.

Stock braces are made using our Universal Bracing system which can also be used in situations where you want to add bracing to an existing frame.

Braces for our stock and custom-sized frames are made with a 1/4” x 1/2” x 3” tenon on each end which fits into a matching mortise on the stretcher bar.

KEYS:  3” long & 3/16” thick; made of birch plywood. One key supplied per bar. Keys for braces are 3-1/2” long & 5/32” thick; made of birch plywood. Two keys supplied per brace.